President Trump Imposes Tough New Sanctions on Iran

President Donald Trump has announced tough new sanctions against Iran for what he calls increasingly aggressive behavior toward the U.S. and its interests. The President made the announcement this morning from the Oval Office. “We will continue to increase pressure on Tehran until the regime abandons its dangerous activities and aspirations, including the pursuit of […]

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U.S. to Now Require Social Media Histories from Visa Applicants

The U.S. will now require all persons applying for visitors’ visas to provide social media usernames, previous email addresses as well as phone numbers for additional inspection. It’s a significant expansion of the United States’ vetting process for potential visitors. “National security is our top priority when adjudicating visa applications, and every prospective traveler and […]

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US Government Charges Julian Assange under the Espionage Act

The U.S. Justice Department has charged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with seventeen counts, including violations the Espionage Act. The new counts supersede an indictment that handed down last year but only unsealed in April. That indictment charged Assange with “conspiracy to commit computer intrusion.” In 2010 Army Intelligence Officer Bradley Manning illegally downloaded hundreds of […]

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Trump Officials, in Possible Showdown with Iran, Discuss Plan to Deploy 120,000 Troops to Middle East

Plans were presented at a meeting of President Trump’s top national security officials last week for a deployment of 120,000 U.S. troops to the Middle East in a possible showdown with Iran, according to The New York Times. President Trump has called the report erroneous. “I think it’s fake news, OK?” Mr. Trump told reporters […]

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China Retaliates with Tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. Goods

China has announced tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. goods in response to $200 billion in tariffs announced by the Trump administration on Chinese goods last week. The economic tit-for-tat has sparked fears of a prolonged trade battle between the two economic powerhouses. The hike in Chinese tariffs came hours after President Trump warned Beijing […]

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San Francisco U.S.’ Billionaire Capital

San Francisco has the most billionaires, per capita, than any city in the U.S. according to a new study conducted by data firm Wealth-X. There is roughly one billionaire for every 11,600 people in the major city closest to tech-hub silicon valley. Globally, the population of billionaires decreased by 5% to about 2,600 individuals. Total […]

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House Dems Hold AG Barr in Contempt; Trump Asserts Executive Privilege Over Mueller Report

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress earlier today. The move came after Barr refused to comply with subpoenas to hand over an unredacted version of the Mueller report on Russian election meddling. In response, Barr advised President Trump to invoke executive privilege over the […]

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Treasury Secretary Denies House Dems Requests to See President Trump’s Tax Returns

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin informed congressional Democrats today he will not comply with requests to hand over President Donald Trump’s personal tax returns. “I am informing you now that the Department may not lawfully fulfill the Committee’s request,” Mnuchin wrote in a one-page letter to the House Ways and Means Committee. That committee’s chairman, Rep. […]

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Prosecutors Charge Pharmaceutical Company for Role in Opioid Epidemic

In a groundbreaking case, federal prosecutors have charged a pharmaceutical company with drug trafficking for their role in the nation’s ongoing opioid crisis. The company, Rochester Drug Cooperative, was charged with “knowingly and intentionally” violating federal drug laws. The company distributed “highly addictive opioids to pharmacy customers that it knew were being sold and used […]

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NYC to Become First U.S. City to Pass Congestion Pricing

New York City has become the first U.S. city to pass what is known as congestion pricing – tolls on vehicles entering the city during peak traffic hours. The fees are part of a state budget agreed to by the state legislature and New York State’s Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo last week. Congestion pricing has […]

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